Probe launched after 15-year-old girl raped, killed and body dumped inside Kisumu church

Probe launched after 15-year-old girl raped, killed and body dumped inside Kisumu church
Local residents mill at the church where the body of the 15-year-old had been dumped on Monday night. Photo: George Juma

Police in Suna West sub county are probing into the death of a Form One girl who was raped, killed and her body dumped inside a church.

According to the village elder Samwel Awiti, the 15-year-old’s body had a swelling on the neck, an indication that she may have been strangled by her attacker.

Her body was discovered on Tuesday morning, laying in a church, a few meters from her aunt’s house.

Mr. Awiti said they are yet to establish what transpired before the minor was killed.

According to him, the girl’s guardian- her aunt Betty Odhiambo- was away in Migori town during the incident.

Ms. Odhiambo told police that she had left her niece in the company of her two daughters around 8pm on Monday.

She also told police that she had locked them in the house before she left.

She denied having any knowledge on what transpired on the fateful night but indicated that the door was still locked when she returned home in the morning.

Police believe the deceased may have left the house through the window although what transpired in the night still remains unclear.

Officers from the Oruba Police Post moved the body to the Migori Level Four hospital mortuary pending an autopsy.

Meanwhile, the residents of Onyinjo have raised concern over the soaring cases of insecurity in the slum area, urging security officers to be vigilant.

The locals said criminal activities are on the rise including the sale of illicit brew which puts their lives at risk.

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